Top 10 Beaches in Central Algarve

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The Algarve has 200 kilometres of golden sandy beaches and beautiful landscapes that have captivated thousands of visitors and new owners from all over the world.

Year after year, the beaches of the Algarve are recognized not only for their natural beauty, but also for the excellent conditions offered to visitors and residents. Vast stretches of golden sand, a crystal clear sea, sculpted cliffs surrounded by pines or the Ria Formosa natural park are just a few examples of the region's natural beauty.

The Algarve also offers a wide range of entertainment, from water sports to festivals and some of the best restaurants in Portugal. No wonder so many expats have chosen southern Portugal to live in or as a holiday home!

If you are looking for a property for sale in central Algarve, be assured that there are many wonderful places to choose from by the sea! If you are undecided, see our selection of some of the most famous beaches in the Algarve and beautiful properties for sale nearby:

Portugal Realty Praia Oura


1 - Oura 

With almost 1 km of seafront, Oura beach offers various tourist facilities and outdoor cafés where you can enjoy the Algarve’s wonderful weather all year long. This beautiful beach is characterized by the warm colours of its sand and cliffs. Oura is located on the eastern side of Albufeira and is very near the city centre where you'll find lots of bars and restaurants. The beach is especially famous for its nightlife! 


Portugal Realty Maria Luisa Beach


 2 - Maria Luísa 

This beautiful beach surrounded by cliffs is near the village of Olhos de Água. The pedestrian access to the beach is flanked by bougainvillaea, stone pines and cork oaks. The beach is framed by warm coloured cliffs and has good support infrastructures, with equipment for water skiing, windsurfing and sailing.


Portugal Realty Praia Falésia


3 - Falésia 

This beach is located between Albufeira and Vilamoura. With almost 6 km of sand extension, this beach is embraced by a line of high cliffs surrounded by several green areas. Falésia was voted one of the 25 best beaches in Europe in TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice 2017.


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4 - Praia dos Pescadores

Once a small fisherman's village, Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman’s Beach) is one of the Algarve's most popular beaches. Located in front of the Old Town, this beach is on the east side of Albufeira and Praia do Túnel is on the west. During the summer there are plenty of water sports as well as an inflatable water park where children love to play.

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Portugal Realty Faro Beach


5 - Faro Beach (Ancão Peninsula)

Known as "Faro Island", this beach is part of the Ancão Peninsula that borders the Ria Formosa to the west. On one side of the island, there is the sea and on the other side, there is the natural park of Ria Formosa. The access by road is made through a narrow bridge that crosses the ria and takes you to picturesque fisherman houses. Don’t miss the view over the mountains and the city of Faro framed by the Ria Formosa. 

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Portugal Realty Quarteira


6 - Quarteira 

What was once a fishing village has developed into one of the Algarve’s most important tourist centres. Restaurants in Quarteira are famous for their freshly grilled fish and the laughter of families echo along the extensive seafront. The beach is divided by several breakwaters which provide calm water for swimmers. A long and bustling avenue along the beach also offers plenty of entertainment.

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Portugal Realty Fuseta


7 - Tesos (Fuseta Ria)

This beach is part of a sandy cove at the foot of the village of Fuseta. Due to the calm and warm waters, Tesos beach is a favourite spot for families with children. At low tide, you can stroll along the creeks and observe crabs and bivalves as well as many species of typical birds of this region.

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Portugal Realty Cabanas Tavira


8 - Cabanas Islands

This beach is located in front of the village of Cabanas, still home to fishermen. Along the shore, you will find the artisanal fishing boats anchored in the ria. Don't miss the oysters and clams collected in the nearby nurseries, as well as fresh grilled fish and various octopus dishes.


Portugal Realty Barril


9 - Barril 

Praia do Barril is located in the middle of Tavira Island. To get there just cross a small pedestrian bridge over the ria and then follow on foot or on one of the tourist trains. The sandy beach is immense and walking westwards you reach Praia do Homem Nu, a deserted and wild beach that has an area classified as an official naturist beach.

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Portugal Realty Praia Grande


10 - Praia Grande

This beach stretches for more than 2 km of natural landscape. Two wetlands surround the beach: the salt-marsh of Alcantarilha to the west and the Salgados lagoon to the east. Don't miss the wooden walkway that offers a panoramic view over the Salgados lagoon and the dunes. This place is also internationally renowned for water bird watching.

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Portugal Realty has a wide selection of properties for sale in the central area of the Algarve, all carefully chosen for their excellent location. Some very close to the best beaches in the Algarve! 

Contact us if you'd like to know more about investment opportunities in this beautiful region of Portugal. 


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